Trump tells Vietnam prime minister he hopes ties will grow stronger

December 15, 2016 07:20

In a telephone call, US President-elect Donald Trump told Vietnam's prime minister he wanted to further strengthen fast-warming ties between the two countries, the government of the Southeast Asian nation said on Thursday.

Vietnam has advanced ties with the United States to a new level under the Obama administration as it faces down fellow communist neighbour China's challenge to its territorial claims in the busy waterway of the South China Sea.During Wednesday's conversation, Vietnamese premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc congratulated Trump on his election win and stressed the importance of maintaining friendship and cooperation.

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